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WECOME! (Please scroll down for current post.) This blog contains the work of poet Jenne' R. Andrews and several translations from English to Italian of other poets' work, as well as translations of Andrews' work into Italian. Please note the translation widget on the right side of the blog.

Jenne' Andrews is an American poet. In the early 70's she was mentored by the great Robert Bly and Canadian poet Tom Wayman. She has one small press book, Reunion, Lynx House Press, edited by Christopher Howell. A current booklength ms., And Now, the Road, was a finalist for the 2014 Autumn House Poetry Prize.

She has three published chapbooks and a forthcoming chapbook of "Italiana" from Finishing Line Press titled Boca, Voce, Delirio-- Mouth, Voice, Delirium.

Her work has recently appeared in Vox Populi, published by Michael Simms, The Passionate Transitory, published by Robert Wilkinson, Belletrist Coterie and The Adirondack Review.

Andrews was full-time Poet in Residence of the St. Paul Schools. She holds the MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry from Colorado State University and is a fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts in Literature.


Thursday, July 11, 2013

Publication Announcement!



Dear Friends:

As noted above, I am in the throes of the pre-publication ordering period for my first collection in thirty years, Blackbirds Dance in the Empire of Love, Finishing Line Press. Without pre-publication orders there will be no press run, and therefore I hope you will add this, my offering to the world of fifteen comparatively recent poems, to your library.

My friend Samuel Peralta, a renowned poet in his own right, has paid me the highest of compliments:  "If you care about poetry, buy this book!"

Cover art by John Sokol, my favorite among his mixed media pieces, "Mirage."

Jim Moore, Invisible Strings, Graywolf Press, and Dawn Potter, Director, Conference on Poetry and Teaching, The Frost Place, How the Crimes Happened, CavanKerry Press, have lovely things to say about my work on the back cover of the collection.

Please visit the chapbook's site and click on the link to Preorder Forthcoming Titles from Finishing Line.  I will periodically post work from the collection there and new work from me is coming soon to La Parola!

Here is a poem from Blackbirds Dance...

According to Luke

for Tom Wayman

I heard the angels say
Fear not, but I fear
all things in all ways.
I fear the brittle lassitude
of my hands, the encroaching
frost over the mind,
the dark glass one candle
can’t pierce.
I fear another day, summer’s
greenness, the threat of new
blackbirds,
their garnet wings
among the cattails.

I quake, at night—
my heart’s staccato code to God.
I fear dust, fate, my own face,
my sins,
the flash of homemade bombs,
hollow words,
the imperatives of silence.

I am afraid
for my remaindered dreams,
my lost years,
the knot in my thigh, the lump
in my throat,
that I may never again call out
a name, my eyes to another’s--

I shrink from death,
heights, cold and deep water,
my flagging soul, my art,
my brother,
limping on like a beggar
through powdering leaves,
while all volition fades
to a spent seraphic light
on the far horizon.



copyright Jenne' R. Andrews 2013


1 comment:

Maureen said...

I've pre-ordered a copy. Looking forward to its receipt.

This is a special collection for so many reasons. Wonderful blurbs!